Simpson Productions, the theatre, opera and musical theatre collaboration at Simpson College, is set to begin a new era at the college with the season-opening performance of “Prospera’s Island: An Operatic Fantasia.”
The college’s first digital, full-length performance will stream on-demand from Friday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 22. There is no charge for virtual events during the 2020-21 season, but pre-registration is required. Visit simpson.edu/SimpsonProductions for additional details.
“This performance will take the audience on a magical journey that is full of beautiful music, colorful costumes and amazing twists and turns,” said Jennifer Nostrala, professor of theatre arts and director of the opera. “I think the variety of music styles will surprise audiences and keep them engaged throughout the performance.”
“Prospera’s Island” follows the story of Prospera, a conductor living in isolation played by Grace Decious. Forced to reconcile with those who have wronged her – and those she has wronged – Prospera finds herself in the eye of a torrential storm. This unique production utilizes music from other operas to tell the tale of Prospera and the magic of performance in a new land.
Music for the piece was prepared by conductor Bernard McDonald, associate professor of music and the G. Dewey and M. Maine Larsen Chair in Opera.
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